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SNIFFING THE END OF HER CAREER

Teresa Stratas claims in a malpractice lawsuit that her Metropolitan Opera career was ruined by nose surgery.

Stratas, 59, a soprano who sang roles including Mimi in the Metropolitan Opera stage version of "La Boheme," alleges the September 1995 surgery caused her "agony" and "injury" and the "loss of her career."

Her lawyer, Robert Harley, said the operation corrected a medical condition he did not identify but that it "severely limited her breathing in the way a world-class singer needs to breathe."

"She cannot sing the roles that made her famous," he said.

The 5-foot, 100-pound singer last sang with the Met during the 1994-95 season, Harley said.

The lawsuit, filed Friday, seeks unspecified damages from Mount Sinai Hospital and two of its faculty physicians.

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